Editor’s Note: the hits keep on coming in the world of American politics as President-elect and swine emperor Donald Trump continues to stock his government with a disturbing gaggle of bigots, fundamentalists and scam artists; a group I’ve taken to calling the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants here on ninaillingworth.com as we Info Meme each of these mendacious miscreants one at a time in this series.
Next up in our terrifying tapestry of terrible turds is at once a stealth reminder that the lunacy of the American Tea Party never truly ended and abject proof that neoliberal identity politics can be weaponized by the worst fucking scumbags alive to humanize notably terrible people; South Carolina Governor and Trump’s pick for new US Ambassador to the UN – Nikki Haley.
The simple truth is that right now Nikki Haley’s national popularity is being propped up by the absurd, media-directed assumption that she’s a kinder, more racially tolerant kind of Republican because she finally agreed to take the Confederate Flag down several days after a violent racist murdered nine African Americans in a historically black, Charleston church. This perception has only been bolstered by the racism and sexism she’s faced inside her own party, being an Indian-American woman.
Frankly, it’s a nice story and there even parts of it that are true; but as you can see from the numerous links above, Haley is clearly still a hard-right, Tea Party Republican who’s practically dripping in dirty money from nightmare, industrialist donors. This is in my mind, one of the greatest dangers of both neoliberal faux-identity politics and allowing the extremist, “fundie fascist” nature of Trump’s new government set the standard for what is acceptable; in 2014 Nikki Haley was easily one of the worst goddamn neanderthal Republican politicians in the country – suddenly today, and next to the likes of Steve Bannon or Jeff Sessions, she somehow seems innocuous and normal; despite having changed almost nothing about her beliefs, policies or behavior at all.
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Ultimately, Nikki Haley isn’t the worst Evil Mutant on this list by a long shot and really, that in and of itself might be the problem. Donald Trump is assembling a ravenous, bloodthirsty pack of warmongering, neocon ghouls, renowned racists, fundamentalists and boot-licking lackeys that serve the interests of terrifying, radical libertarian billionaires; the fact that a regressive, anti-women’s health scam artist who openly dog-whistles to Islamophobes and actively seeks to destroy organized labor doesn’t even rate – should frankly, scare the fuck out of you.
Stay strong, fight “whatever the fuck this nightmare is” and Swing Heil.
- Nina Illingworth
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